WINCHESTER, Va. - Hood College's Michael Robinson and Tanner Ruths each turned in career-high scoring efforts to lead the Blazers past Averett in the opening round of the Body Renew Classic at Shenandoah 79-72.
Inside the Box Score
- Robinson came off the bench for a career-high 18 points. The sophomore knocked down all three of his 3-point attempts and went 6-of-10 from the field and 3-of-3 at the free throw line.
- His performance helped the Blazer reserves outscore their counterparts, 34-13.
- Ruths surpassed his career-high in scoring with 17 points. The senior was 5-of-11 overall and 7-of-11 at the line.
- Scott Bolen did a little of everything in the win. He scored 12 points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out four assists, and added four steals and two blocks. His eight boards led the team and matched a career-best.
- Luke Casey finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.
How it Happened
- Hood used an 18-4 second half run to take control of the game, fueled by seven points from Bolen.
- Accheaus Fields scored to put the Cougars ahead 52-49 with 12:44 left in the game. After a lay up by Ruths, Bolen hit a three for a 54-52 edge with 12:01 remaining. Michael Riley finished the run over five minutes later with a bucket to make it 67-56 with 6:32 on the clock and Averett never got within five points after that.
- The Blazers had a similar run in the first half. TJ McAllister tied the score at 14-14 with 10:49 to go in the half. After a Ruths basket started the run, Robinson nailed threes on three straight possessions for a 25-14 lead. The flurry began a stretch in which Hood outscored the Cougars 27-10 over a span of 8:30. A pair of free throws by Casey gave the Blazers a 37-24 edge with 2:04 left, but Averett pulled within 40-32 at the break.
- Charles Bryant had a big game in the loss. He went 10-of-16 shooting and finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds. James Contreras added 17 points and McAllister went 5-of-6 from 3-point range for 15 points.
- Hood outscored the Cougars 44-28 in the paint.
- The Blazers continued to generate free throw attempts and has now taken 68 attempts in two games. Against Averett, Hood was 23-of-31 (74 percent). The Cougars, meanwhile, went just 9-of-16 (56 percent).
- Hood improved to 2-0 on the year, while Averett is 0-2.
Hood will face the winner of the Shenandoah/Wilson contest in the championship game on Saturday, November 19 at 4 p.m.